JUST IN: Teen accused in armed robbery of woman’s home near West Palm


A teen knocked on the door of a suburban West Palm Beach woman’s home in March, pushed his way into her residence, pointed a gun at her head, then stole money and jewelry, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Edward Hamilton, who was arrested Tuesday, faces charges of robbery with a firearm and armed burglary, according to court records. The 17-year-old Riviera Beach resident is being charged as an adult and remained in the Palm Beach County Jail early Thursday on $150,000 bail.

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On March 26, a woman heard someone knocking at her door on the 500 block of Merrimac Terrace, south of Gun Club Road and west of Haverhill Road, just before 2 a.m. The woman told deputies she tried to see who it was through her window, but it was too dark outside. The woman said she opened the door, thinking it may have been her boyfriend’s brother, and was greeted by Hamilton, who she said she recognized from “a past interaction.” The report does not indicate what that interaction was.

The woman said Hamilton then looked to his left and nodded and a second male came out of nowhere with a silver handgun, according to the report. The unidentified individual tried to make his way into the home. The woman was able to close the door on his arm for a minute, but the person overpowered her. Another person remained outside the home as Hamilton and the other male went through the residence, according to the report.

The woman said she got down on the floor in fear as they demanded to know “where the stuff was,” deputies said. The woman said she told them her purse was in the kitchen and had money. At one point, the woman told investigators Hamilton put a gun at her head before going into her bedroom and stealing jewelry from a nightstand.

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The two people involved in the incident other than Hamilton were not identified in the report. It’s unclear if that’s because of their ages or if their identities are unknown.

It’s unclear from the court record if Hamilton was originally charged as a juvenile and the State Attorney’s Office then decided to charge him as an adult.

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